What is 'Inside-Out?' 

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xploring mining and ghost towns in the West has always been exciting for me.  It was easy to imagine myself back in those exciting and romantic days.  How could I,  as a photographer,  bring out that spirit of the old West?   What if I didn’t photograph in a normal, direct way, but only in reflections or through windows?  What developed is a technique I call ‘Inside-Out,’ reminiscent of photorealist paintings.

  

The multiple levels of each photograph were achieved with a single click of the shutter (except for exposure compensation).  Our brain tells us that many of these pictures look like multiple images superimposed, but that is an illusion. As you explore each image, your eye is grabbed by one plane and then another, often creating a sense of three dimensions.   The more you look, the more drawn inside the pictures you become.   To me, this technique helps make these historic towns ‘come alive’ with a vibrant freshness that pulls the viewer inside as they are challenged to determine ‘is what I am seeing a reflection or real?’

Reflections of Yesterday

The reflections in the general store window, bring historic ghost towns life.  You feel you are truly stepping back into the past. 

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Memories of Yesterday

The reflections in the general store window, bring historic ghost towns life.  You feel you are truly stepping back into the past. 

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A Song of Long Ago

Antiques in a store windows blend with historic buildings across the street.  Windows can appear, at the same time, to be transparent, translucent and reflective. 

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Ghosts of the Past

An old saloon seems to come alive as the old town building blend together with the bottles on the bar.

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Shades of Yesterday 

Pealing wallpaper and a cracked mirror counterpoint the church steeple silhouetted against a stormy sky. 

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Boulevard of Broken Dreams

A broken window becomes a poignant comment to the town reflected in it. 

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Time in a Bottle

Memories of times past and ghostly images of the town mix together into a stirring visual cocktail.

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White Lace Curtains

Curtains in a window become a striking pattern on an old Victorian mansion.

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